Do Italians actually make pasta salad? I have an idea that it would be foreign to them, but it is certainly welcome on our summer picnic tables here in the US. We make pasta salads with mayonnaise-based and vinaigrette-based dressings. We fill them with a variety of ingredients, many times with the intent of clearing our fridges of veggies nearing their prime.
For this one, I chose a curly pasta. I think the more easily that a pasta shape is forked and put into the mouth, the more palatable it is. White onion, roasted red pepper, capers, marinated artichokes, small-diced salame, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper...I think you might have the makings of a pasta salad worthy of being called an Italian Pasta Salad.